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The 10 Best Films of 2015. And Where To Find Them.

By at January 23, 2016 | 11:43 am | 1 Comments

The 10 Best Films of 2015. And Where To Find Them.

Like every film critic, I had wonderful intentions of having my annual best-of feature ready to go by the first day of 2016. But hey, if intentions were actions, this would have been ready three weeks ago. Better late than never, but my personal Top Ten of 2015 now has some fortuitous timing with a notable groupthink about the best films of the year, namely the more...

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This Is Not a Cab Driver: JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI Film Review

By at November 22, 2015 | 3:08 pm | 0 Comment

This Is Not a Cab Driver: JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars For the second time in his career, the famously outspoken director Jafar Panahi has made a film with an uncredited cast and crew. He had to. Since the Iranian government banned him from filmmaking in 2010, Panahi has made his culturally poignant films in secret, and protected those that contribute. If you’re not familiar with Panahi, you’d expect more...

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Trailer for Alex Ross Perry’s QUEEN OF EARTH

By at July 27, 2015 | 9:54 pm | 1 Comments

Trailer for Alex Ross Perry’s QUEEN OF EARTH

Can you name the independent director smart enough to know that Elisabeth Moss should be a bona fide film star? Alex Ross Perry is the answer, he of the enticing throwback style (think Allen meets Cassavetes) that pervades his breakout The Color Wheel and critics' favorite, Listen Up Philip. In the latter film, Perry gives Moss a juicy supporting role as Jason more...

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Training Days: RESULTS Film Review

By at June 13, 2015 | 10:36 am | 1 Comments

Training Days: RESULTS Film Review

4 / 5 stars Defining Andrew Bujalski’s Results as a "romantic comedy" or "love triangle" seems appropriate at first. But the genre format doesn't hold, quickly dissolving in this tangled story of two health nuts and a rich slob. The dialogue inhabits its own space, with an originality that Hollywood writers either don’t use or don’t get. And little surprises more...

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